Environmental Science Division (EVS)a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
Predictive environmental understanding
Karen P. Smith
Environmental Scientist
Ecology, Natural Resources and Managed Systems Department
  • M.S., Geology, Southern Methodist University, 1982.
Current Role
Environmental Scientist, Land Resources and Energy Policy Program.
Energy and environmental policy and regulatory analysis; environmental impact analysis; research on and assessment of issues associated with land management, energy development, and sustainable resource management; environmental site remediation; program development; project management.
Career Highlights
  • Program development: Programmatic evaluation of energy development on public lands in the western United States; management and regulation of petroleum industry waste streams; oversight and management of environmental site remediation programs.
  • Principal investigator: Solar and wind energy development analyses; energy development on tribal lands; risk-based management strategies and regulation for petroleum industry wastes containing naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM).
  • Consultant: Steering Committee for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Network of Environmental Management and Remediation (ENVIRONET), 2008-present; chair of IAEA working groups on NORM management and capacity development related to environmental remediation, 2015-present.